They’re the stunning Sydney views you might want to grab while they last.
Sydney’s residents will soon get a chance to climb to one of the city’s rare canopies, high above the Harbour Bridge, and share the perspective of the world enjoyed by workers in one of the city’s tallest towers.
Sydney Open, the festival which invites residents into new and old structures and nooks within the city, will for the first time throw open the doors to one of Barangaroo’s most stunning vantages.
From the roof of Two International Towers, where a few lucky winners of some of Sydney Open’s Golden Tickets will gain access, views extend north beyond Chatswood, west far beyond Parramatta to the blue of the mountains, and further south than Botany Bay, which looks, from that high up, only a stone’s throw away.
“What we do each time is we concentrate on the Sydney CBD and then we focus on a new part of Sydney,” said Caroline Butler-Bowdon, the director of curatorial and public engagement at Sydney Living Museums, which has been organising Sydney Open for the past 12 years.
Last year, that extra focus was on the former Carlton and United Brewery Site around Broadway. “This year we decided to focus on Walsh Bay, the Rocks and Barangaroo,” Dr Butler-Bowdon said.
To that end, a ticket to Sydney Open will allow access to floors 41 and 38 of Two International Towers – the middle of the three new towers edging the city’s western fringe.
While Two International Towers currently sits as one of the city’s tallest buildings, Crown’s casino and hotel complex planned for just north of the existing Barangaroo towers, will soon rise still higher. Sydney’s views might be spectacular, but they’re also forever changing.
Sydney Open is now in its 12th year offering people behind the scene access to a vast array of Sydney buildings in celebration of our architectural heritage and design. Photo: Peter Rae
“Sydney is in the midst of an economic boom and during those buoyant economic times there’s lots of new builds,” said Dr Butler-Bowdon. “We are in one of them,” she said from Barangaroo, “200 George Street is another one,” she said of another new structure that will also be open for access during the festival.
Other sites included in the festival, which runs over the weekend of November 5-6, are the Great Synagogue, the AMP Building, itself soon to be overhauled, the Lands Department Building, soon to be remade into a hotel, as well as HASSELL’S new studio in the former wool store at pier 8/9 Walsh Bay, and the Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden.
While regular ticket buyers will get access to the top floors of the Barangaroo tower, there are also 4 double “Golden Tickets” to be won that allow access to the rooftop, and 13 double Golden Tickets for St James station’s disused rail tunnels.
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